In 2013, the City of Kalamunda, in conjunction with Shire of Mundaring and the State Government undertook the development of a Perth Hills Trails Master Plan to guide future trails provision across the Perth Hills, including an action plan and strategies for implementation over the next 15-20 years. One of the actions was to investigate a Perth Hills Trail Loop. Six key strategic gaps arose including the rationalisation and strengthening of the trail link between the Kalamunda Railway Heritage Trail and Pickering Brook.
This section of trail will strengthen the existing links between the northern and southern sections of the Kalamunda Railway Heritage Trail, follow the alignment of the old railway corridor and utilise road reserves to significantly improve walker and rider safety.
View final trail alignment here
The Western Trails Alliance (WTA) will complete the works under contract to the City of Kalamunda. WTA is a not for profit public company that was established to help develop mountain bike and other trails in WA.
All trail and trail features are to be constructed of soil and/or rock. No timber or vegetative material is permitted to be used as trail or trail feature construction fill, e.g. logs, stumps, branches, etc. WTA is required to rehabilitate any disturbed trail construction footprint and construction access points to blend into the surrounding bush, through the scattering of leaf litter, logs, branches and rocks.
Recreation opportunities provide community benefits socially, economically and environmentally.Socially through:
The City has completed an environmental assessment of the trail alignment which also includes dieback mapping and a flora and fauna study. This is to ensure that there is minimal impact to the environment.
The trail construction is substantially complete, taking 10 weeks, from 23 April 2020 to 15 July 2020.
Remaining tasks include:
An official opening of the trail will be arranged once the signs are installed.
The City sought external funding however this has been unsuccessful, so the project will be funded from municipal funds, noting that costs have been reduced through the use of voluntary labour arranged through the Western Trails Alliance.
City of Kalamunda Phone: (08) 9257 9999Email email@example.com